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As an unexpected consequence of a gun control law that took effect Jan. 1, the names of people admitted for mental health treatment at California hospitals are being recorded in state law enforcement computers. Although meant to keep firearms away from those who are considered dangerous to themselves or to society, the practice also applies to psychiatric patients who voluntarily check themselves in for treatment and have no history of violent behavior.
April 2, 1989 | ALAN C. MILLER, Times Staff Writer
David Weisburd's mental illness struck without warning when he was a sophomore at Harvard University. The brilliant, handsome young man was suddenly tormented by inexplicable voices that he could not silence, voices that threatened to kill him. "David took me to the television set and said, 'Look, Dad, don't you see what they're doing; the whole world wants me dead,' " recalled Dan E. Weisburd. He said his son then "ran about 15 or 20 feet and smashed his head into the front door.
February 14, 2010 | By Marc Lifsher
Anthem Blue Cross on Saturday announced it would delay until May 1 controversial price increases of up to 39% for its individual health insurance policyholders in California, but maintained its rates were fair, legal and necessary. The announcement followed a barrage of criticism in recent weeks from policyholders, consumer advocates, regulators, state legislators, members of Congress and the Obama administration. State Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner said Saturday that he secured an agreement with Anthem to postpone for at least two months the increases that had been set to take effect March 1 for many of the estimated 800,000 policyholders.
August 31, 1989 | From Times wire services
Poisonous household products would be required to contain chemicals that make them taste bitter under child protection legislation that was announced today. Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) said at a Capitol news conference that he will amend the proposal into a bill awaiting action in the Assembly Health Committee. The intent, he said, is to discourage young children from ingesting toxic household products that may appear and taste like food and drink.
June 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A bill that would allow over-the-counter sales of up to 30 needles or syringes in licensed pharmacies to adults 18 and older has passed the Assembly Health Committee, 13-2. The bill, authored by state Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara), also has passed in the Senate and heads to the Assembly Public Safety Committee next week. Supporters said the measure would reduce the spread of HIV and hepatitis B and C among drug users. Opponents argue that it condones drug use.
May 13, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
City Councilman Bernard C. Parks proposed Wednesday that adult film actors be required to wear condoms during filming. For the last month, Southern California's adult film industry has been rocked by the news that five of its stars have tested positive for HIV. But many producers and distributors have balked at requiring condoms. A similar bill at the state level has been put aside by the Assembly's Health Committee for study.
February 4, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Tenet Healthcare Corp. charged California state workers about 50% more for care than other hospitals did, a report showed. The California Public Employees' Retirement System paid an average of $15,213 for Tenet hospital stays last year, compared with the average $10,399 cost of hospitalization at other facilities in the state, according to an audit CalPERS will deliver to the Assembly Health Committee.
February 11, 1988
Inglewood Councilman Daniel Tabor filed papers Wednesday to run for the 50th District seat of seven-term Assemblyman Curtis Tucker (D-Inglewood), the powerful Assembly Health Committee chairman who has consistently won reelection by huge margins. Tabor, 32, a two-term city councilman, cast himself as a young candidate willing to offer a grass-roots leadership and said that Tucker has lost touch with his constituents.
October 27, 1988
The county-operated Inglewood Health Center will be renamed for the late Democratic Assemblyman Curtis R. Tucker, who died of liver cancer while seeking his eighth term early this month. The Board of Supervisors, on a motion by Kenneth Hahn, voted Tuesday to rename the center "in recognition of (Tucker's) outstanding contributions to the people of Los Angeles County . . . as chairman of the Assembly Health Committee."
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